René Uijlenhoet



René Uijlenhoet works as composer, performer, audio-art installation designer and lecturer in the field of electro-acoustic music. He worked as publisher of electronic music at NEAR/Donemus, there he published the complete tape music of the pioneers Dick Raaijmakers and Jan Boerman.

He was a lecturer on Computer Music at the HKU in Utrecht for years. Since 1997 he is part of the composition department of the Rotterdam Conservatoire (Codarts). He studied composition with Ton Bruynèl.

His music is issued by Donemus, Basta and Peer-verlag. In connection with his composing and lecturing practice he conducts research on the subjects of sound synthesis and new spectralism, the relation between timbre and colour, microtonality, spatialisation (by utilizing e.g. ‘ambisonics’), algorithmic composition strategies, live-electronics in combination with acoustic instruments, the history of electronic music and analog studio-techniques, improvisation with live-programming and also sonification of medical data.


  • De Voorzienigheid (Providence) – a fixed media work for 16 independant loudspeakers, commisioned for the  Muziekgebouw aan het IJ in Amsterdam.
  • Wired Life – a live-electronic installation built with antique electronic synthesizers, tape-machines etc. played for a few years in the Haags Gemeente Museum and a month in concerthall De IJsbreker.
  • A residence lecturing and rehearsing at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester USA, around the performance of my Dialogo Sopra i Due Sistemi for organ and live electronics.
  • The third Act from: Wake –  this act is written for actors and multi-channel electronics, Wake is an opera for the Nationale Reisopera, with main composer Klaas de Vries writing Acts 1, 2, 4, librettist David Mitchell and director Steven Langridge
  • Harvey’s Law, an outdoor event lasting 50 minutes for 5 belltowers, ringing bells, change-ringers combined with multi-speaker electronics and spectacular images for a square full of spectators.


Why do you believe students should come to Codarts?

Codarts is a conservatorium for free minds, you can find here a complete musical world-population with extravert artists and introvert researchers, this wide range is extremely inspiring.

What will you teach them?

Composing with designed sound-colours while focusing on the latest or oldest digital and analog media. Aiming for new musical means of expression and form principles, unique for every individual composition student. And live-electronics: real-time on stage, during improvisations, in installations or in the form of a strong integration between acoustic instruments and electronics as an essential element within the composition. We study the integration of sound and vision during our New-Media classes in particular.

How will you do this?

By spreading a broad overview on the repertoire and the technical concepts of our field the students will be challenged to apply this new knowledge in the composing of more and more ambitious works. The works can be realised within our studio or on their laptops. The Bruynèl-studio for composers inside Codarts allows the composition-students to investigate all aspects of e.g. Analog and digital sound synthesis or multi-speaker sound movements or image projections.


International Competition the Bourges Quadrivium – 1st prize for Wedge